Category: Law Articles

Family Cases Seen from the Bench During the Pandemic

Imagine you are the family judge presiding over a case.  You have heard literally thousands of cases involving custody, access and possession, child support, health and dental insurance for children, division of marital assets, enforcement of court orders and awarding of marital debts. You have on occasion presided over cases in which there are allegations of

Family Law and COVID-19

How does our law firm deal with social distancing, “stay-at-home” orders, isolation and the collective fear of being exposed to Covid-19?  Here is what we are doing: We provide ready access to us for call-in consultations.  Call us at 915-593-6600 and 915-256-0579, including after regular office hours.  We manage many of our cases long-distance with clients all over the

Emergency Order from Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court, with all justices joining in the order, has ruled that all parties subject to access and possession orders involving children shall follow the dictates of the original governing orders that contain access and possession provisions.  The Court ruled that, for example,  if the order contains a set beginning and ending date

Jury Trials in Family Law Property Issues

Some states do not allow for jury trials in family cases, but in Texas parties can seek a jury trial in matters involving property and in matters involving conservatorship (custody).  This article addresses property issues. My next article will address parent-child issues.  In Texas a jury can receive very thorough instructions in cases involving property.  The first

Access and Possession Orders

When there are minor children in a  paternity or divorce case, invariably you will find an access and possession order in the final decree. Usually the first “dispositive” part of the decree involves custody, then access and possession. The courts routinely require that the decree contain a listing of the rights and powers of parent conservators.

TESTIMONIALS

I emailed the Law office of Douglas C. Smith. Almost immediately Mr. Smith returned my call. He spoke with me on a very professional yet friendly tone. He gave me a free consultation over the phone. He listened to my concerns and gave me excellent advice. He helped me save thousands of dollars. I have had terrible experiences with a couple of attorneys in the past. I am glad I was able to find an honest and knowledgeable attorney. I am extremely satisfied with his services. Highly recommended. Thank you Mr. Smith.
Jorge Santos
Mr. Smith is the best attorney I have ever retained. I have had 2 other previous attorneys representing me to fight for my children and they did not compare to Mr. Smith. He made me feel extremely comfortable when I first shared my situation with him. My children now live with me. Mr. Smith helped make this happen. Thank you for caring.
Joey Castaneda
I was lost during my divorce case. Douglas has a high knowledge base in family welfare and rights which correspond in a divorce case. Douglas took his time to finalize my divorce with success. Through his aggressive negotiations with my husband's attorney, he got me all the benefits he sought. I recommend Douglas in divorce cases one hundred percent.
B. Gonzalez

Enjoyed working with us?